After using harsh language towards President Trump on January 6th, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) seems to have reversed course to reach out to the former president. McCarthy met with President Trump at Mar-a-lago in southern Florida on Thursday.
According to McCarthy after the fact, the talks were fruitful, and the former President reportedly confirmed that he will campaign for Republican party candidates in the 2022 elections — despite prior hints that he was done with the GOP.
Republicans like McCarthy and former Senate Majority Leader were caught completely off-guard on January 6th. They almost immediately adopted the Democrat narrative that President Trump incited the “storming of the Capitol,” even though the president told his supporters to protest election fraud peacefully. Many Republicans were quick to pile on President Trump that day. Trump supporters are disgusted with Republicans ready to turn on the now-former president as soon as an accusation is leveled by Democrats and are talking about forming a third party.
McCarthy, himself in danger of voter displeasure, reached out to President Trump to join forces to maintain and grow Republican representation in Washington D.C.
According to a statement after the meeting, McCarthy disclosed that Donald Trump “committed to helping elect Republicans in the House and Senate in 2022. A Republican majority will listen to our fellow Americans and solve the challenges facing our nation.”
President Trump helped usher in many new Republican House members in the 2020 election, giving McCarthy a better chance of thwarting at least some of the Democrat majority’s plans. McCarthy acknowledged that achievement in the statement:
House Republicans and the Trump administration achieved historic results for all Americans. We were able to do this because we listened to and understood the concerns of our fellow citizens that had long been ignored. As a result, House Republicans defied the experts and the media by expanding our growing coalition across the country.
President Trump also brought many new and diverse voters into the GOP, but they are there because of Trump, not because of Republicanism. If Republicans can present a united and loyal front with President Trump’s help, they have a good chance of gaining the majority in the House and the Senate in 2022.
Further assuring Trump supporters, McCarthy condemned the Democrat attempt to impeach the former president a second time in his statement:
Democrats, on the other hand, have only put forward an agenda that divides us — such as impeaching a President who is now a private citizen and destroying blue-collar energy jobs. For the sake of our country, the radical Democrat agenda must be stopped.
It took McCarthy a while to circle back to the source of the Republicans’ success in the 2020 election, but at least he did. He seems committed to repairing the rift in the party.
“A united conservative movement will strengthen the bonds of our citizens and uphold the freedoms our country was founded on.”
Republicans have a chance to regain Trump supporters’ trust during the impeachment trial scheduled to begin on February 8th. The former president’s supporters will be watching.